Welcome to http://www.erin-brady.com/ !! I created my own domain name so that people who know me will have an easier time finding my blog. I am not sure if the transition is 100% complete but I am so excited! So bear with me as I tweak and arrange the settings of my new home.
I missed Tiffany’s blog hop yesterday. Momentous Monday is such a great way to start the week and I was bummed that I just couldn’t get a post together before the end of the day. My plan was to write one up last night after dinner but
On to the meat of this post…
Yes. I have been keeping something to myself since I started this blog and with my new name, should come a new honesty. When I started blogging, I hid behind my anonymity for a while. Then I got a little more comfortable so I stepped out a bit. Now, I am all the way out there and there is no more hiding. Part of me is still afraid to say controversial things (like I am about to say) because of how friends, family and my church family will react. But God knows my heart and my ultimate goal is to please Him. If what I say pleases Him but people don’t like it, then who cares? Right? I want to please Him.
So here goes…
I am not a fan of church.
Whew. I said it. Out loud. I do actually feel better.
Before you write me off as a crazy lunatic and cancel your subscription to my blog, allow me to explain.
I am a fan of God. I am a fan of worship. I am a fan of serving Him. I am a fan being a Christian. But I am not a fan of church.
(There are exceptions to every rule and I must caveat this by saying that there ARE churches out there that are on fire for God. There are churches that are really serving Him. I AM a fan of these churches.)
The truth is that I think the modern church has lost its way. It is more concerned with the mundane than its intended purpose; it is driven by quantity and not quality; it follows the schedule/bulletin rather than feeling instruction from The Holy Spirit; there are committees to manage the committees but very little concern over the lost souls of the community.
I don’t think that this situation is unique to my church. In fact, I know it’s not. I read an interesting article by Jon Zens on Frank Viola’s website last week and I just can’t get it out of my head. The title of the article is “Are We Eating with the Right People? Thoughts from 1 Corinthians 5.” I highly recommend it as further explanation of my issues with the modern church. This is amazing. It confirmed to me that I was not the only one feeling this way.
There is so much more that we can be doing for Jesus. I understand the need of getting “sheep food” and church is the place to get it. I also love the relationships that I have with other people in the Body of Christ.
But once a person develops a relationship with Christ and is steady on their Christian walk, the church starts to…well…suck them dry. Going to church on Sunday morning is no longer enough. We are then expected to go Sunday night. And Wednesday night. And don’t forget Sunday school. And choir practice. And the women’s meeting on Monday. And prayer meeting on Friday. The next thing you know, you are at church seven nights a week.
Inside the building. With other people who already know Christ. Planning events for and singing with other people who already know Christ.
At what point do we stop interacting with only other Christians and start reaching out to people who don’t know Him? To do this, it requires one to step outside of the church.
I want to be known as a friend to sinners and I want to eat with the wrong people (see article from above).
The church resides in a box and I want to blow that box to shreds.
We need to unchurch the church.